RAMADAN ATTACKS: THE CONTRA-DISTINCTIVE, CONTRA-EVOLVING, CONTRA-REFORMING DOCTRINE OF ISLAM
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is only a few days old and what is supposed to be a time of self-sacrifice, prayer and piety is again being marred by violence and terror.
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REVOLUTION: IS SOUTH AFRICA NEXT?
MAY ’17 – The question being far more consequential than a simple political solution for a discontent generation – post-revolutionary Egypt offers insights for the South African Church.
7 SUBTLE DANGERS CHRISTIANS FACE WHEN RESPONDING TO TRAGEDIES
MAY ’17 -“The tragedy of the commons” – refers to a problem that occurs when individuals exploit an event or tragedy for personal or ministry gain to such an extent that resources, empathy and involvement become unavailable to the actual victims.
A MILLION GATHER FOR PRAYER: DUTY OR DECLARATION OF WAR?
22 APRIL ’17 – an estimated one million people attended the ‘IT’S TIME’ day of prayer on a farm in the Free State, South Africa. The purpose of the gathering was to call on the Lord to save a country in crisis, praying for unity and praying that murders, corruption and racism, as well as other crimes, would end. From 30 March to 1 April, thousands of Christians met together in Egypt in a similar initiative as the one in South Africa. Prayer is a declaration of war, it is especially true in Egypt, and South Africans should consider the lessons learnt by the Church in Egypt.
FREEDOM OF BELIEF: WORDS VS DEEDS
APR ’17 – On 9 April two blasts ripped through Egyptian Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, as Christians gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday in the lead-up to Easter. In light of these most recent attacks we look at four nations where ‘freedom of belief’ is enshrined in their constitutions, but where for some the words do no measure up to the practise thereof.
VEHICULAR WARFARE: 6 LESSONS FROM LONDON
MAR ’17 – The London (Westminster) attack on 22 March 2017 is the fourth vehicle assault that the Islamic State (IS) has claimed involvement in, or inspiration for, since July 2016. These attacks may be small in number (for the time being), but signify an evolution in global terrorism.
THE ‘GOOD COUNTRY INDEX’
MAR ’17 – The idea of the GOOD COUNTRY INDEX is simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. A ‘balance-sheet’ for each country, showing at a glance whether it’s a ‘net creditor’ to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between.
FAKE NEWS: 6 GUIDELINES
FEB ’17 – One of the blessings (and curses) of modern-day technology is the fact that anybody has an opportunity to express their views, on any topic, at any time, from any perspective and on any platform of any of the multitude of media sources available. Journalism now belongs to everybody with an opinion, who has access to the internet, a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer.
So, how does one know what is TRUE, and what is FAKE?
DONALD TRUMP: 7 THINGS THE MEDIA DID NOT TELL US
JAN ’17 – On 20 January 2017, Mr Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. At the beginning of a new leadership era, it is important to consider some factors that the media omitted from their reporting. These factors do not make Mr Trump a better person or negate his real flaws, but contribute to the bigger picture that has, in many ways, been manipulated to shape perspectives along certain lines.
SURPRISING INSIGHTS INTO GERMANY'S REFUGEES
AUG ’16 – In July, an INcontext team travelled to Germany to meet with key leaders in an attempt to unravel the challenges, opportunities and approaches concerning the hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing European borders. The purpose of the research was not to determine opinions among the German public as a whole, but to assess how independent leaders view the influx of the refugees and how they approach involvement. The research and interviews presented some surprising insights.
TURKEY: AN OVERVIEW OF THE FAILED COUP ATTEMPT
JULY ’16 – On the evening of 15 July 2016 a coup attempt was launched against the Turkish government, on the basis of ‘protecting democracy’.
In this article, we take a look some of Turkey’s background, three theories about how the coup attempt originated, and reasons why stability in Turkey matters.
PATRIOTISM: THE QUESTION OF OUR TIME
JULY ’16 – Donald Trump, Brexit, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, PEGIDA and a host of campaigners in Europe all have in common a deep sense of patriotism and a strong nationalistic devotion to their country.
If the more than 65 million displaced people in the world is “the story of our time” then this is probably “the question of our time”: Where does patriotism fit into Christianity? Can I celebrate my national and cultural identity and still pursue Kingdom principles?
TRUMP: ANOTHER APPROACH
A BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE BREXIT VOTE
THREE MODELS OF HOPE FOR A GENERATION OF DEATH
'SYMBIOTIC' FACTORS IN THE ORLANDO ATTACK
POLITICS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
SEVEN POTENTIAL SNARES FOR THE RAINBOW NATION
A prominent Christian and mission leader from the US, and a good friend of INcontext Ministries, shared his thoughts on a recent article by INcontext: “POLITICS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP”.
Thereafter, we share a Christian response to the recent gathering of more than 1,000 Evangelical leaders in a meeting with Donald Trump (p. 5-6).
On Friday 24 June 2016, British citizens woke to the shocking news that ‘Brexit’ (Britain’s breakaway from the European Union) was now a reality after the previous day’s referendum. Even those who voted in favour of leaving were surprised at the results: pre-referendum polls had pointed to the opposite result.
65.3 million displaced people around the globe are seeking hope and salvation. The Bible is full of lessons, warnings and guidelines regarding refugees. Many of the men and women featured in Scripture were either refugees, came from refugee families, or lived ‘outside their cultures’. In this article we look at a ‘Biblical mandate’ regarding our response to people in need: a man, a movement and a Messiah.
This attack on the Orlando nightclub should not be viewed as an isolated incident involving a “self-radicalised lone wolf” acting on the spur of the moment. Viewing this tragedy simply as an “Islamic attack on Western democracy” will blur and obscure the contributions of different role-players that led to the actual event. In the bigger picture, there is a kind of “symbiosis” – an “interdependent relationship” between various role-players.
From the start of billionaire Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican candidacy and ultimately for the White House, many around the world viewed the unfolding events as something of a political anomaly, unique to the United States. However, other political developments in Europe and beyond have caused political analysts to evaluate what seems to be new trends that, for many, are a cause for concern.
South Africa is facing a critical period in her democratic history. Many are calling for the removal of the president, and protests are becoming more common. In such a time, Christians are called to speak TO issues, and not just ABOUT them. In this article, we consider the role of the South African Church in relation to politics, and seven ‘snares’ facing South African Christians today.